Rape allegations recorded by police double since 2012
A spike in reports of sexual offences has been seen following high-profile investigations including Operation Yewtree, which was launched in 2012 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Forces in England and Wales logged 35,798 alleged rape offences in the year to the end of March 2016 - a 124% increase compared to the 16,012 recorded in the 12 months ending in December 2012.
The figures were cited in 42 local area digests which are published by the Rape Monitoring Group and draw together a range of official data.
Rises in the numbers of rapes being recorded may not be due to an increase... read more
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